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#1 2017-09-28 14:12:02

Dixon Wragg
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From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1190

"to find" for "defined"

I encountered this sentence online last night:

Neal Adams to find DC comics for me in the 1970s.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1107086 … ment_reply

In context it was clear that “to find” is a substitution for “defined” here. I suppose it could make eggcornish sense: If you want to find the essence of DC comics, Neal Adams is the portal thereunto. And the pronunciation is close enough. Unfortunately, I can’t think of a good search term to find other examples without being inundated with irrelevant hits. This substitution seems sort of strange for an eggcorn, but it doesn’t appear to be a typo nor a spell-checker error. Possibly an artifact of voice recognition tech? What do y’all think?

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#2 2017-09-28 23:49:37

yanogator
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From: Ohio
Registered: 2007-06-07
Posts: 147

Re: "to find" for "defined"

It definitely seems to be some kind of error, and voice recognition could be the culprit. Seeing an infinitive substituted for a past-tense verb is pretty strange, but so many very common grammar errors are even stranger, so it really could be an eggcorn.

Bruce


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